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Campus event will raise funds to battle digestive diseases

Posted on April 21, 2011

Grand Valley is hosting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk, the first walk of its kind to take place in West Michigan. The event, which will raise funds to find a cure for the digestive diseases that affect more than 1.4 million people, is organized by the Crohn’s and Colitis Student Initiative at Grand Valley.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk
Saturday, May 7
5 p.m. is registration; the walk starts at 6 p.m.
Grand Valley’s Allendale Campus, field next to the Performing Arts Center

“The walks I’ve attended before are like celebrations,” said Justin Gray, president of the CCSI and a junior majoring in nursing. “We want this walk to be the same. There will be presentations, live music and crafts; it will be very family-friendly.”

Participants can choose to walk one-mile or three-mile routes. Participants are encouraged to create a team of walkers and raise funds that will go toward patient care, education and research. The walk will feature presentations from two Honored Heros, people that have overcome Crohn’s or Colitis disease, from Grand Valley. They will initiate the walk with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

To register as an individual walker, join a team or start a team visit

About the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. (CCFA) is a non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative Colitis, and to curing the diseases. Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), these chronic digestive disorders affect as many as 1.4 million Americans. CCFA was founded in 1967. The Michigan Chapter is headquartered in Farmington Hills.

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